The Sauber team is targeting a return to the points in China after a Malaysian Grand Prix to forget for the Swiss squad.
New signings Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson both scored their maiden points in Formula 1 at the 2015 season opener in Australia, ending year-long Sauber’s points drought.
Ericsson qualified in the top ten for the first time in his F1 career in Malaysia, but spun into retirement in the opening stages of the race, while Nasr tagged Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap, dropping the Brazilian driver to the back of the field.
Despite the no-score in Malaysia, Sauber remains fourth in the constructors’ standings, and both drivers expect to add to the team’s points tally in China next weekend.
“The track in Shanghai is a circuit I know from last year, but it is not an easy one with a mixture of high-speed and low-speed corners,” Ericsson said. “Before some corners hard braking is required, so braking stability for the car is important.
“I believe the set-up of the car will be similar to the one we had in Malaysia, as the layout of the track has some related characteristics. The weather conditions will be different, as it is not as hot as in Sepang, which will also have an influence on the tyre management.
“I have a good feeling traveling to China, because we have a competitive car. We are looking forward to getting to Shanghai to continue improving as well as scoring points again. I am confident it is going to be a positive weekend for us.”
Nasr added: “I am looking forward to a positive race weekend and to scoring points again.
“Last year during the Chinese Grand Prix I had my first FP1 session with Williams. I have never raced on this circuit, but it is good that I have already got to know it.”
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